Bridge Group Conference 2018

On 15 May, 200 senior leaders and experienced practitioners – from government departments, higher education institutions, charities, and the employer sector – attended our annual conference at KPMG. We were joined by a host of influential speakers who are defining the terms of debate around social inequality, including: Professor Mike Savage, Justine Greening, Alan Milburn, Chris Millward, Professor David Latchman, and Alan Davey.

The conference focused on the persistence of social and educational inequality despite almost two decades of policy and activity meant to achieve reform; and following the failure of successive governments to comprehend the scale of the challenge and design a coherent, cross-departmental strategy for change. It considered the main barriers facing learners, of all ages, with regard to accessing higher education and graduate careers – and succeeding in them.

A recurring theme was the need for ‘ground-up’ reform – in the absence of government leadership – and on the transformational power of personal narratives to challenge classist cultures and increase socio-economic diversity. Repeatedly, we heard calls for collaboration, transparency, and the value of sharing best practice within and across sectors.

We would like to express our thanks to all who attended and contributed to create an inspiring and challenging day. Follow the link to read a brief summary of the day’s discussions and access presentation slides.